Actor Nayanthara apologized for offending anyone’s feelings a few days after Netflix removed the movie Annapoorni in response to user complaints. Nayanthara posted a message on social media titled “Jai Shri Ram” in Tamil, Hindi, and English. Although she acknowledged that the movie “may have inadvertently caused hurt,” she wrote that the film was intended to positively affect viewers.
Nayanthara noted that the crew did not “expect the removal of a censored film” and that the movie had previously received CBFC approval. “My team and I never intended to hurt anyone’s sentiments and we understand that this is a serious issue,” the writer stated. It is the last thing I would purposefully do, as I firmly believe in God and regularly visit temples across the nation. My deepest apologies to everyone whose sentiments we may have offended.
The protagonist of Nilesh Krishnaa’s film Annapoorni is a Brahmin woman who finds herself torn between following her passion for cooking and killing animals. There was a scene in the movie where a Hindu character offered namaz before preparing biryani, and a Muslim character talked about Lord Rama eating meat.
The film allegedly “offends Hindu religious sentiments,” leading protestors to file a formal complaint (FIR) in Mumbai against the cast and the makers. “We, as the co-producers of the film, had no intention of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and Brahmin communities and would like to hereby apologize for the inconvenience and hurt caused to the sentiments of the respective communities,” the co-producer Zee Studios wrote in a letter of apology in response to the FIR.
Rakesh Solanki, the founder of the Hindu IT Cell, filed a formal complaint on January 8 against the actors Nayanthara and her co-star Jai, writer-director Nilesh Krishnaa, producers Jatin Sethi, R Ravindran, and Punit Goenka, chief business officer Shariq Patel of Zee Studios, and Monika Shergill, the head of Netflix India.
On December 29, Netflix launched Annapoorni for streaming. A few weeks later, the movie was taken down from the service.